>> narrator: om the first student protests- on to the milwho took to the stres against beijing's contro >> all acts are one step closer to terrorism. >> narrator: filmed over eight months-lo an inside at the conflict. >> in the eyes of the chinese communist party all fighting fo democracy is over thline. >> narrator: "battle for hong kong", now on fntline. >> frontline is made possible by
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(gun fires, people shouting) >> man: >> narrator: the officer shootsn jures a 14-year-old protester. (people shouting) how did one of the world's biggest financial centerssc d into such chaos and violence? and where will it end? (glass shatters) (peoplshouting) >> man: ♪ >> narrator: this film follows five young prosters through the most intense clashes. ♪ facing arrest for their actions, most are wearingasks and using aliases to protect their identities.
they say they're fighting for their freedom against the communist government of china. (fires) (people shouting) china says they are "radicals," ""thugs," and "separatist (guns firing, people shouting) ♪ >> momo: (crowd chanting) >> nrator: momo is a nurse i her late 20s. when she was a child, hong kong was a britlony. (chanting continues) (phone camera clicks) in 1997, it was returned to china and granted special status
for 50 years-- allowing for far more freedoms than in mainland ina. but the city's government would be accountable to the communist regime-- and its leader approve. by beijing >> momo: (man shouting) (crowd chanting) >> narrator: on june the 12th last year, momo was one of tens of thousands who took to the streets. hong kong's gornment had proposed a controversial extradition bill that would allow criminal suspects to be sent for trial in mainland china. >> momo:
(man speaking cantonese) >> lomi: >> narrator: lomi and her friends are in a safe house, preparing for the next protest. >> lomi: >> narrator: in the weeks since june 12, the demonstrations have escalated. the protesters now have more demands, including the right to directly elect hong kong's leader without china's approval. >> narrator: the majority have been peaceful, but some-- like lomi-- are taking different
(chanting contues) >> vincent: (shouting) >> narrator: vincent is one of tens of thousands of high school studen at the heart of the protests. vincent: >> woman: >> vincent: >> narrator: he has firsthand experience of life in mainland china. he grew up there before moving to hong kong in his teens. >> vincent:
an shouting) (crowd chanting) >> narrator: vincent says he fears hong kong will become all survce state like china. (man shouting) some lampposts here are already equipped with sensors and cameras, and have become targets of the protesters. (crowd cheering, post crashes) (cheering more loudly, applauding) >> (laughing) v incent: (siren blaring) >> narrator: hong kong currently
(crowd chanting) (vincent shouting) st>> narrator: since the ps began, millions of hong kong residents have participated, making them the largest on chinese terrory since tiananmen square. (m shouting) on this night, vincent has joined thousands of othe in the center of the city. one of their slogans is "liberate hong kong: revolution of our time." in >> vcent: (crowd shouting) >> narrator: a few hours later, the violence escalates (crowd shouting)s the first live roufired by the police. (gun fires)
pro-democracy protests. she's not worried about showing her fa because she's already known to the authorities. she was recently arrested. >> when i woke up and i opened the door of my room, i suddenly saw five police offirs standing outside of my room. and i was so shocked. >> narrator: now she's on bail and tonight must report to a lice station. agnes says she was demonstrating peacefully, but was chard with taking part and inciting others to join an unauthorized assembly. >> if i was sent to prison sembly or protest, of coursethe as a political prisoner. ♪ the violence and the suppression from beijing and the hong kong government, andol also hong konge, is getting stronger and stronger. ♪ s
(making cantonese) (crowd cheering and applauding) >> narrator: hong kong has a-d history of pemocracy demonstrations and protestst agaiina, but never on this scale. >> man: >> narrator: and now, the police deem most demonstrations illegal, citing coerns about violence. >> man: >> hong kong people should enjoy genuine democracy.ul at least we wod have a political system that could kind of force the government to respect and to listen to public opinion. (in cantonese): in the eyes of the chinese communist party, all behavior, all social movement, fighting
for a democracy is over the red ne. (in cantonese): (crowd repeats, applau we want to choose our future by ourselves. ♪ >> narrator: agnes is heduled to go on trial soon. she faces up to five years behind bars. ♪ (sirens blaring) it's mid-september. momo has been protesting regurly since june. >> (shouting) >> momo: (sirens blaring)
>> narrator: she says the violence used to suppress the protests has traumatized her.ry it's also made her a she now goes to the front lines providing medical support and extinguishing tear gas rounds. >> momo: w narrator: hong kong is bitterly divided over the best way forward-- and whether the protests are doing more harm than good. the city is suffering the worst recession in a decade, and manyt blame the ts. >> momo:
(men shouting) (sirens blaring)ic >> narrator: the polare stepping up the arrests. the protesters face up to ten years in jl for rioting, so the stakes are high. >> lomi: >> woman: >> narrator: lomi's team are ine their safe hlanning their next move. >> lomi: >> narrator: one of the biggest celebrations in china's history is on the horizon, and the protesters are planning to do all they c to undermine it. >> lomi:
>> narrator: octer 1 marks national day, 70 years sinceth beginning of communist rule in china. a huge parade in beijing will showcase china's increasing military and economic power to the world. >> lomi: ♪ >> narrator: the hong kong police are on high art. (sirens blaring) >> we are on the verge of extreme nger. mass property destruction,furio, indiscriminate attacks on innocent citizens.
there are apparent signshat hardcore violence will escalatea in the nr future. all acts are one step closer to terrorism. ♪ >> narrator: vincent, the high school student from maland china, is so planning to otest on national day. for him and many other protesters, the communist party is thenemy. >> vincent: >> it's a very symbolic day. a lot of people are suffering under this regime, people in tibet or xinjiang or people practicing religion in chi,
people who voice out the truth. that's why, for us, it's never a day for celebration. ♪ (cannons firing) >> narrator: the celebrations in gijing are underway, mark china's emergence as a global power. (marching band playing)an (shouting in mrin) presiding over the event is china's leader, xi jinping. (marching band continues) (parade playing over phone) back in hong kong, momo is getting ready for action on the streets.
(guns firing and popping inst ance) (people shoung) >> man: >> narrator: as the dayth progressesprotesters' anger agait china ramps up. >> man: >> narrator: a group of them surround a chinese tourist. >> man: >> narrator: there's growing suspicion of anyone from the mainland. >> man: (people shouting) >> man: (people shouting) >> lomi: :
>> man (in mandari er (protestchanting) (tear gas gun firing) >> narrator: by mid-afternoon o national day, clasbetween protters and police have spread to 13 areas acroshong kong. (tear gas guns firing) nt >> lomi (in caonese): >> narrator: the police are closing in around lomi's group.a (tr gas guns firing) (people shouting) >> lomi:an : >> lomi: ring)ns blaring, tear gas gunsfi ♪ (tear gas guns firing)
(sniffles) >> narrator: over the course of the protests on national day, the hong kong police sayhey e forced to shoot six live rounds to defend themselves. (people shouting) one is fired by officer whose colleague is being attacked by u (gun fires)ters. the bullet seriously injures aen (people shouting) >> xi (in mandarin): (crowd applauding) >> narrator: to cap off the day, there's a huge firework display in beijing. (crowd cheering)
on china's national day, hong kong's authorities take newur me in an effort to stop the protests. p >>rotesters' violence has been escalati and has reached a very alarming level the past few days, causing numerous injuries and leading hong kong to a chaotic and panicked situation. the chief executive and council decided at a special meeting this morning to invoke the power under the emergency regulations ordinance. the objective of this regulatioa is to end violen restore order. >> narrator: face masks are banned. the government also goes on to make a concession, formally withdrawing the extradition bill that ignited the protests. but it's too late. hard-liners ramp up their
city, at the hong kong polytechnic university. (sirens blaring) >> man: >> narrator: around 2,000 protesters have amassed at the campus. (man shouting) lomi is among the crowd. and li and his fellow hard-liners are also here. >> man: >> narrator: the police have them surrounded. >> li: >> man: >> li: >> narrator: it's the start of the most violent confrontation sie the protests began. (shoutin
(siren blaring)r: >> narrato lomi disappears into the chaos just as another group of protesters try to get out of the campus. ♪ >>oman: >> man: >> narrator: the police continue to bombard the crowdith tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons.er (protes shouting) >> woman: >> narrator: suddenly, thepo ce move in. (protesters shouting) ♪ in
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